Lenten words of institution … (guest post)

Ashley Harness says, “Sometimes I re-write parts of our communion liturgy so we remember where Jesus lives today …”

On the night before Jesus was killed by those who feared him…
On the night before he was shot by police…
On the night before her trans body was murdered…
On the night before she was deported by ICE…
On the night before he was crucified for saying yes to his own Jewish, brown, Palestinian, poor, radical humanity and no to the forces of oppression…

Jesus sat at table with those he loved. He took the bread and blessed it and broke it.

He said, “This is my life, broken open and shared with you. And each time you eat this ordinary bread, remember the extraordinary, transformative power of our lives when they broken open for justice and love.”


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8 Responses to Lenten words of institution … (guest post)

  1. Wonderful words here . . .

  2. Rose Petronella says:

    Wow! This is very powerful! Thank you, Ashley and thank you Maren.

  3. Yes, powerful indeed. And yes, thank you.
    What words go with this for the cup?

    • Maren says:

      Jeffrey, Here is Ashley’s response:

      Then he took the cup, the cup traditionally reserved for the Holy One to come. But instead of waiting, he said this is the cup of blessing. Each time you drink of this cup you participate in the in the promise of new life, of liberation, in the “yes” of communion with God.
      (that whole yes thing was my frame of how Jesus says no to the temptation in my sermon on Sunday… might not make sense out of context).

  4. Maren says:

    Good question — I can think of some but I will pass on to her.

  5. Maren says:

    Thanks wonderful Jeffrey.

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